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Hey guys, I've been recently looking into some DSLRs as my fiance will need one to create original artwork. Neither of us really know anything about DSLRs and neither have ANY experience with a camera outside of our smartphones. I'm looking at about $1000-1200 budget, but am not sure if I should spend that much considering we have no experience. What would your suggestions for us be in terms of a good entry-level camera?
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Sony a57, 65 or 77. Sony Alphas are easier to use, more intuitive and have more bells and whistles than competing brands.

You can get the a65 for right around $600 - $700 depending on the lens you choose. Pretty soon Nikon and Canon fans will come in possibly trying to talk the brand down but do yourself a favor and spend some time watching YT videos compare Sony Alphas with other cameras.
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The budget is a good starting point, but it really depends on the kind of stuff you want to shoot, so more information would be necessary to make a useful recommendation.

While I'm a Canon shooter, it's basically by preference - I chose Canon because the cameras felt better in my hands than Nikon, and when I got back into photography, the Sony system wasn't as developed as it is now. It doesn't mean I wouldn't be able to recommend a decent Nikon - it just depends on what your scenario is. Do you have friends that shoot a particular system (Canon/Nikon/Sony) that you can borrow glass from? If so, that's an influencing factor. Is the artwork that you're going to be doing mostly macro work? Does it include video at all? There are lots of considerations that need to be accounted for in order to get useful data (he says again).

First thing I'd do if I were you is head to a brick and mortar store and just check out some of the entry level SLR offerings in Canon/Nikon/Sony. Which one feels the best in your hands? Are any of the clunky or awkward feeling? Does one seem to stand out as more intuitive to you than the other? It'd be best to have an idea of which system you're into, at which point we'd be able to get pretty specific with our suggestions.

Any modern camera is going to provide a good quality image. Unlike AMD vs Intel, there isn't (usually) a strong functional difference between brands like Canon / Nikon that would make one specifically better for purpose A than its counterpart (although, there are those that believe that Canon does better with telephoto work and Nikon does better with macro work, but even that is becoming an aged opinion). It really is about preference and finding the system that's suitable and available to you for reasonable money.
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What exactly is your purpose for a DSLR? What are you going to be shooting? Is it something that you will consider investing on in the future?

There are so many cameras to name. In reality a lot of people don't know or won't use the features cameras will have. I'm not a fanboy by any regards. I've had so many cameras that I don't even remember, but Canon and Nikon tend to be cheaper for lenses. If you want to get more lenses that is. Pentax has the ability to use their old K mount lenses from the 70s, (without an adapter, unlike Nikon, Canon, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, etc.) you just won't have auto focusing. Albeit they are very cheap. The K-500 is dirt cheap for an entry level with so many features.
It's one of best entry level cameras out right now. Plus the ability to use use AA batteries for those times you run out of juice is handy. The bad thing is you are limited to less lenses. Usually harder to find local places that will rent out Pentax lenses and no full frame if you ever decide to go that route and keep your lenses.

For entry level you can with a Nikon D5100, D3200, Canon T3, SL1, T3i, T4i, T5i, Sony a58, a65, Pentax K-r, K-500, K-x, K50. And a ton more if you don't mind going with an older DSLR or buying used. Older Sony's really plummet in price. The bad thing is that they still use the older style Minolta flash mount. So you need a shoe adapter or a flash with a Sony mount if you want to use a manual flash.

I agree with Mista Bernie. It's best to try it out for yourself. Higher end models are going to be much more confusing for you at first with all the extra buttons and such.
    
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166051_10201141977245403_19314353_n.jpg 135k .jpg file Well I work at Best Buy back in computers so getting my hands on one wouldn't really be a problem. Most of the pictures she would take would probably wouldn't involve much motion, however, there will probably be few instances. To be honest, she has found all of her artwork on the web, which due to copyright law makes it impossible for her to sell. I've talked to a co-worker of mine at work who uses Nikon over canon. His reasoning is that Nikon is better for still images and canon for faster moving images. I've checked out the T3i, T4i, T5i, D3200, and D5200. The D5200 looked pretty attractive to me, but like I said I really know nothing.

I've attached some of her artwork so you can get an idea of her style. She's pretty good for a senior in high school smile.gif 524535_10200163110854355_1373473088_n.jpg 92k .jpg file 1390546_10201339491223129_425465587_n.jpg 126k .jpg file 1544296_10202003126013584_751338398_n.jpg 123k .jpg file
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That's a load of crap what your friend said. Both brands will do both just fine. May not do as well as their higher end counterparts, but with a decent fast focusing lens it will be fine. Sports and action photography are usually better suited for prosumer bodies and higher anyway.

If you're just going to take photos of that then just use the cheapest camera you like. Use ISO 100, F5.6-11 and throw it on a tripod.
    
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Well she isn't just photographing her paintings, she is taking photos with a camera and then painting them. She wanted to get a very nice camera since she will be going joining ETSU's art program next semester.
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Have you ever used a D/SLR before? The reason for my question is if you want to keep an D/SLR style because it's what you're used to. You might also look at some mirror-less options. Now I'm a Nikon user myself and I love my cameras and lenses, but will admit that they can get heavy. If you're open to some other options, look at a Fuji X-E1 (small & very respectable) or an Olympus OM-D (ditto, but not quite as nice as the Fuji IMO). Both of these will have excellent lens options (Fuji has a smaller lens line up, Olympus has a larger one). There are cheaper options, but they lack a viewfinder.
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Well she isn't just photographing her paintings, she is taking photos with a camera and then painting them. She wanted to get a very nice camera since she will be going joining ETSU's art program next semester.

just cause a camera does not look like a DSLR doesnt mean it wont perform like one....

at your budget (~1000 with lens) your best bet is going to be with a low/mid end mirrorless and a nice lens. Just have her go to BB and handle all the cameras within your budget, dont worry about the brand because at ~1000 dollars everything is going to be mostly the same.
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There are a lot of considerations for each brand, but for your uses and budget, you probably wouldn't notice or mind the differences. I agree with going and just choosing the one you feel most comfortable with. I'm a Canon shooter, but I think your girlfriend might like the Sony's, particularity the mirrorless ones. I imagine she might have carry it around all the time for work, and it'd be a lot more convenient to carry a smaller mirrorless rather than a full DSLR.
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